Theatre Technique

Do you love performing, but want to expand your theatrical knowledge and skills? Or maybe performing is not your thing, but you love the theatre and want to explore other options. HITS is excited to offer a new technique series that will allow students to build their theatrical skill set.

Stage Management 101 (Grades 7 - 12)


June 19 - June 23
Monday - Friday
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The performance is what most people see when they come to the theatre, but what goes on behind the scenes and who really runs the show? The Stage Manager provides practical and organizational support to the director, actors, designers, stage crew, and technicians throughout the production process, and she or he acts as the director's representative during performances, making sure that the production runs smoothly.

This week long course will be taught by Marley Wisnoski who will be joined by stage managers who work professionally in the industry. The course is designed to teach interested students the basics of stage management and give them the opportunity to practically apply their training as stage managers for future HITS productions.

Students will learn several of the key responsibilities and tasks of stage management, including: scheduling and running rehearsals, communicating the director's wishes to designers and crafts people, calling cues and actor entrances during a performance, marking out the dimensions of the set on the floor of the rehearsal hall, and recording all blocking, plus all the light, sound, and set change cues in a master copy of the script called the prompt book.

Stage Combat Workshop (Grades 7 - 12)


July 15 -  July16
Saturday and Sunday
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

We are excited to offer the opportunity for students to learn stage combat skills! This two day workshop will cover the basics of stage combat including hand-to-hand combat and an introduction to stage-worthy weapons while emphasizing proper procedures and combat safety. The course will be taught by Jeff Wisnoski, British Academy of Dramatic Combat certified fight director who has choreographed combat for theatre, film, festivals, and events both in the UK and the USA.

Intro to Directing (Grades 7 - 12)


July 17 - July 21
Monday - Friday
12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Do you think like a director? Have you ever wondered what all goes into directing a show? Directing is the art of storytelling through theatrical vision. The director has the challenging task of bringing together the many complex pieces of a production—the script, actors, set, costuming, lighting, sound, and music—into a unified vision.

This course will be taught by director Marley Wisnoski, and each student will have the opportunity to direct the others which will culminate in a showcase to be performed at the end of the week.

During this course, students will learn the basics of directing, including: interpreting the script, casting the production, collaborating with designers, planning the rehearsals, guiding the actors in their work during rehearsals, and running a technical rehearsal.